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Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio rutulus)

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Coloration and Size

The Western Tiger Swallowtail is a beautiful, common butterfly, yellow with black stripes. It is similar to the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, distinguished by location. Another western species that is quite similar is the Pale Swallowtail.

The wingspan is in the 2 1/4" - 3 7/8" range. Life span is about 6-14 days.

Distribution and Habitat

The Western Swallowtail is often seen in meadows, woodland edges, streamsides and suburban gardens in the Western United States and the southern areas of British Columbia.

It can also frequently seen puddling at mud spots in large numbers.

Nectar and Host Plants Used by the Western Tiger Swallowtail

The Western Tiger Swallowtail utilizes a large variety of host plants, mostly trees, including Cottonwood, aspens, poplars, alders, ashes, and willows.

Photos of Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies, Pemberton, British Columbia (May 2018)
Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies, Pemberton, British Columbia
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